Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Fairy Tale Toy Houses and Storybooks



Today's toy post includes the Goldilocks and the Three Bears Toy House and Storybook and two other sets by the same company. For some reason, I really like these. If I were still working in my old library, I would be tempted to buy these and set them up in a glass display case so I could watch the children and adults hover around them for weeks. I did that with Harry Potter Legos back in the day which were a big hit.

And then later I would have them at home to play with. Because for some reason these make me want to sit down and play with them. I may have to get a set to share with my youngest nephews and niece over the holidays. They'd probably like Goldilocks best but for some reason the Hansel and Gretel one is very appealing, too. Oh, really, I like all three. Maybe Santa will bring me a set. Two years ago Santa brought me the Melissa & Doug Deluxe Three Little Pigs Play Set Soft Baby Toy, so I definitely choose one of the other sets instead although I like all three of these too much.

Description:

Bring the classic story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears to life with this darling play set. Start by reading the included storybook and then build the Three Bears' house and furniture. Use the Baby Bear, Mama Bear, Papa Bear and Goldilocks dolls to act out your own version of the fairytale. The Goldilocks and the Three Bears toy house includes a working swing and a tree house for Baby Bear. Each bear has its own bowl of porridge, chair and bed. The side of the toy house folds in half to make a swimming pool and there are many secret animals hidden in the artwork all over the tree. The toy house and furniture assemble by pressing tabs into tab holes. No tools or screws required. And, all of the pieces store flat in a small carrying case. Made from EVA foam and cardstock. For ages 3 to 6.


Hansel and Gretel Toy House and Storybook

Description:

Bring the classic story of Hansel and Gretel to life with this darling play set. Start by reading the included storybook and then build the Witch's gingerbread house and furniture. Use the Hansel, Gretel and Witch dolls to act out your own version of the fairytale. In addition to looking delicious, the Hansel and Gretel toy house includes a candy garden that children can plant, a chocolate bar staircase that leads to a treasure loft. And, it wouldn't be complete without the Witch's oven! The toy house and furniture assemble by pressing tabs into tab holes. No tools or screws required. And, all of the pieces store flat in a small carrying case. Made from EVA foam and cardstock. For ages 3 to 6.


The Three Little Pigs Toy House and Storybook

Description:

Bring the classic story of the Three Little Pigs to life with this darling play set. Start by reading the included storybook and then build the three little pigs' houses and furniture. Use the pig and wolf dolls to act out your own version of the fairytale. The Three Little Pigs houses come together to make a fun and exciting neighborhood to play in! The straw and stick houses are designed to "blow down" easily while the brick house stands strong. The wolf actually fits down the brick house chimney, only to land in a pot of boiling soup. The toy house and furniture assemble by pressing tabs into tab holes. No tools or screws required. And, all of the pieces store flat in a small carrying case. Made from EVA foam and cardstock. For ages 3 to 6.

If Rapunzel's Hair Was Real - Studio C




Many of you enjoyed the Once Upon a Time... by Studio C I posted in the spring. Now they have a spoof on Rapunzel that had the SurLaLune hubby laughing. "Put it on the blog," he said. So I did. Enjoy!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Sale on Grimms Season 2 & 3 on DVD




There are some big price drops this week on a few seasons of Grimm. Grimm: Season 2 is currently $13.00 and Grimm: Season 3 dropped to $19.99 from $29.99 this morning. (Or that's what my shopping cart alerts told me.) I realize more and more people stream shows these days, but these still make great gifts if you are trying to convert a friend into a fan of the show. Or if you just prefer the DVDs for yourself. Streaming can still be frustrating with the bumps and jumps it has. And DVDs are portable to friends' houses, too.

My first season set of Once Upon a Time: Season 1 (bought on sale) converted my sister and her husband to the show this year--now they are fans and have bought the later seasons for themselves since they came to the series very late. OUAT is everywhere and I feel guilty for not watching it more. I'm addicted to some other non fairy tale shows instead which will remain nameless for now.

Bargain $1.99 Ebook: Cruel Beauty (Cruel Beauty Universe Book 1) by Rosamund Hodge



Cruel Beauty (Cruel Beauty Universe Book 1) by Rosamund Hodge is temporarily price dropped to $1.99. It was on sale for $4.99 back in May, so this is the best price drop yet. The book was released in late January and is usually closer to $10.00. This isn't even to promote the next book in the series, yet, since Crimson Bound won't be released until May 2015.

Book description for Cruel Beauty:

The romance of Beauty and the Beast meets the adventure of Graceling in a dazzling fantasy novel about our deepest desires and their power to change our destiny.

Betrothed to the evil ruler of her kingdom, Nyx has always known her fate was to marry him, kill him, and free her people from his tyranny.

But on her seventeenth birthday, when she moves into his castle high on the kingdom's mountaintop, nothing is as she expected—particularly her charming and beguiling new husband.

Nyx knows she must save her homeland at all costs, yet she can't resist the pull of her sworn enemy—who's gotten in her way by stealing her heart.

For fans of bestselling authors Kristin Cashore and Alex Flinn, this gorgeously written debut infuses the classic fairy tale with glittering magic, a feisty heroine, and a romance sure to take your breath away.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Guidecraft Fairy Tale Story Boxes by Steve Light



This week I will be sharing fairy tale toys for the lighter holiday week here in the U.S. To start, I am sharing these story boxes that are aimed more at classroom use but work well at home, too.

What I find the most charming about them? The story choices! Hansel and Gretel is not that common in toys. Rapunzel is more common these days since Disney's Tangled but still not all that common. But even better, two lesser known tales are offered, too, the Japanese Little One Inch and the African Girl Who Loved Danger.


I'll start with Guidecraft Hansel and Gretel Story Box which has the duck! Obviously, the longer version of the tales are offered here, too. Just wonderful all around.

Description:

Guidecraft Hansel and Gretel Story Box. A fun new approach to a timeless tale! Playtime meets storytime! Designed by award-winning teacher, author and illustrator Steve Light, the Hansel and Gretel Story Box contains stylized characters and props, as well as a booklet that tells Steve's adaption of the German fairy tale. You can stay true to the classic tale or act out your own versions! The Hansel and Gretel Story Box will encourage confidence, curiosity, and creativity in young storytellers. Hand-painted, resin pieces include: Hansel, Gretel, the Father, the Crunch Witch, and the Duck. The wooden story box measures 8" w. x 11 1/4" d. x 3" h.

Demo video:




Guidecraft Guidecraft Rapunzel Storybox

Description:

"Discover a new approach to developing early language skills and storytelling; Steve Light Storyboxes! The popular German fairy tale, Rapunzel, is now a storybox containing stylized characters and props, as well as a booklet that retells the tale in Steve's own words. Be true to the classic story of Rapunzel's rescue or add your own twist; the Rapunzel storybox will encourage confidence, curiosity, and creativity in young storytellers. Hand-painted, resin pieces include: Rapunzel, the Prince, the Witch, and the garden radishes. Other props include the tower, the ladder, and Rapunzel's long, braided hair. The wooden storybox measures 8""W x 11.25""D x 3""H. Designed by award-winning teacher, author and illustrator, Steve Light. 

Demo video:




Guidecraft G6504 The Girl Who Loved Danger

Description:

Discover a new approach to developing early language skills and storytelling; Steve Light Storyboxes! The African folktale of The Girl Who Loved Danger involves a brave, but defiant girl who gets into a scaly situation, and eventually learns to heed her parents' advice. The storybox contains stylized characters and props, as well as a booklet that retells The Girl Who Loved Danger in Steve's own words. Be true to the classic tale or add your own twist; The Girl Who Loved Danger storybox will encourage confidence, curiosity, and creativity in young storytellers. Hand-painted, resin pieces include: the Girl, the Parents, the Villagers, and the Ancestor Bird. Also features a fabric, hand puppet Lake Monster! The wooden storybox measures 8"W x 11.25"D x 3"H. Designed by award-winning teacher, author and illustrator, Steve Light.

Demo video:




Guidecraft Guidecraft Little One Inch Storybox

Description:

Discover a new approach to developing early language skills and storytelling; Steve Light Storyboxes! Little One Inch is the Japanese folktale of a small boy's determination to overcome the expectations of others and defeat the dreaded Oni monster. The storybox contains stylized characters and props, as well as a booklet that retells the tale of Little One Inch in Steve's own words. Be true to the classic tale or add your own twist; the Little One Inch storybox will encourage confidence, curiosity, and creativity in young storytellers. Hand-painted, resin characters include: Little One Inch, the Princess, the Prince, the Big Fish, the Oni Monster, and more! The wooden storybox measures 8"W x 11.25"D x 3"H. Designed by award-winning teacher, author and illustrator, Steve Light.

Demo video:


Saturday, November 22, 2014

New Book: The Cinderella Murder by Mary Higgins Clark and Alafair Burke



The Cinderella Murder: An Under Suspicion Novel by Mary Higgins Clark and Alafair Burke is a new release using Cinderella for a bit of inspiration. Or at least to sell a few books, although Clark and Burke seem to do okay on their own. So I had to share.

Book description:

In a first-time collaboration, “Queen of Suspense” Mary Higgins Clark partners with bestselling author Alafair Burke to deliver a brand new suspense series about a television program featuring cold case murders.

Television producer Laurie Moran is delighted when the pilot for her reality drama, Under Suspicion, is a success. Even more, the program—a cold case series that revisits unsolved crimes by recreating them with those affected—is off to a fantastic start when it helps solve an infamous murder in the very first episode.

Now Laurie has the ideal case to feature in the next episode of Under Suspicion: the Cinderella Murder. When Susan Dempsey, a beautiful and multi-talented UCLA student, was found dead, her murder raised numerous questions. Why was her car parked miles from her body? Had she ever shown up for the acting audition she was due to attend at the home of an up-and-coming director? Why does Susan’s boyfriend want to avoid questions about their relationship? Was her disappearance connected to a controversial church that was active on campus? Was she close to her computer science professor because of her technological brilliance, or something more? And why was Susan missing one of her shoes when her body was discovered?

With the help of lawyer and Under Suspicion host Alex Buckley, Laurie knows the case will attract great ratings, especially when the former suspects include Hollywood’s elite and tech billionaires. The suspense and drama are perfect for the silver screen—but is Cinderella’s murderer ready for a close-up?

Together Mary Higgins Clark and Alafair Burke deliver an exciting publishing event: the start of a thrilling new series guaranteed to keep you guessing until the last suspenseful page.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Fairy Tales in Advertising: Spoleto Restaurants: Fairy Tale Princesses



Spoleto Restaurants: Snow White
A starving child's fantasy is reduced to food.

Didn't investigate the details, but obviously a campaign to end child hunger in Brazil with Spoleto Restaurants. They've used fairy tales before, too, much more jubilantly for a different reason. Scroll down to see.

Campaign info from Ads of the World:

Advertising Agency: Artplan, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Creative Directors: Roberto Vilhena, Alessandra Sadock, Gustavo Tirre
Art Director: Carolina Lobianco
Copywriter: Roberto Sá
Illustrator: Imagina
Published: March 2012


Spoleto Restaurants: Cinderella


Spoleto Restaurants: Little Red Riding Hood

Previously, a Spoleto campaign used Little Red Riding Hood this way:


Inside that's how you'll feel.
Spoleto Delicious Pasta

Advertising Agency: Artplan, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Creative Director: Roberto Vilhena
Copywriter: Ricardo Dolla
Art Director: Bernardo Romero

Via Ads of the World, too.

I've posted this last one previously. And I still just adore this illustration. The wolf is so very jubilant and the perspective is fun. Maybe I want pasta for dinner tonight...but then I usually do.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Disney's Cinderella Movie Trailer




If you haven't seen it yet, here it is.

And while we're here, I'll add this recent one for Into the Woods, too, for good measure:



New Release: Told Again: Old Tales Told Again by Walter de la Mare



Told Again: Old Tales Told Again (Oddly Modern Fairy Tales) by Walter de la Mare is another 2014 release in the Oddly Modern Fairy Tales series from Princeton University Press.

So why is this a book worth noticing you may ask? Because it offers some lovely literary versions of well-known tales, ones that are suitable for all ages, but read like enjoyable short stories, more than fairy tale specimens. Walter de la Mare had a talent for this--as did Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch--and these type of rewritings were popular with the reading public when they were first published.

The tales are fully recognizable but he gives them his own spin. Little Red Riding Hood is vain, for example. The old soldier in Twelve Dancing Princesses doesn't marry a princess, but happily requests pigs for his reward. Many of the small changes and nuances are surprisingly modern in sensibility. Overall, de la Mare fills in plot holes and gives more precise motivations to characters.  For example, the final paragraph in his "Sleeping Beauty" is such:

The seventh day afterwards was appointed for the marriage of the Prince and the Princess. But when word was sent far and near, bidding all the Fairy Women to the wedding--and these think no more of time than fish of water--one of them again was absent. And since--early or late--she never came, it seems that come she couldn't. At which the King and Queen heartily rejoiced. The dancing and feasting, with music of harp and pipe and drum and tabor, continued till daybreak; for, after so long a sleep, the night seemed short indeed.

This new volume also contains all of the illustrations by A. H. Watson, but the color illustrations are only rendered in black and white.

And that is why the book is special. It makes the familiar charming. Readers as young as 8 or 9 years of age will enjoy the renditions offered here and they read aloud quite beautifully, too.

Book description:

Originally published in 1927, Told Again is an enchanting collection of elegant fairy tales, showcasing the formidable talents of a writer who used magical realism before the term had even been invented. Walter de la Mare (1873–1956) was one of the most celebrated writers of children’s literature during the first half of the twentieth century—so much so that W. H. Auden edited a selection of his poems and British children could recite de la Mare’s verses by heart. His abundant literary gifts can be savored once more in this new edition. With marvelous black and white illustrations by A. H. Watson, this volume includes a splendid introduction by Philip Pullman, the contemporary master of fantasy literature.

The significance of the nineteen adapted classics in Told Again lies in de la Mare’s poetic insights and graceful prose, which—as Pullman indicates in his introduction—soften and sweeten the originals, making these tales appropriate for younger readers. In “The Four Brothers,” the siblings allow the princess to choose her own husband rather than argue over her; and in “Rapunzel,” de la Mare discreetly leaves out details of the prince’s tortured, blind search for his love. Familiar stories, such as “Little Red Riding-Hood,” “Rumplestiltskin,” and “The Sleeping Beauty” are also made new through de la Mare’s expansive, descriptive, and lyrical prose. Pullman covers important details about de la Mare’s life and captures the stylistic intention behind the rewriting of these wonderful favorites.

Reviving the work of a writer who exemplified a romantic vision and imagination, Told Again is a remarkable retelling of fairy tales touched by mystery and magic.

Philip Pullman’s many books include the best-selling and award-winning children’s series, His Dark Materials (Knopf). He recently edited and introduced Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm (Viking).

Table of Contents:

List of Illustrations vii
Introduction 1
Told Again
The Hare and the Hedgehog 11
The Four Brothers 18
The Musicians 29
Dick Whittington 37
Cinderella and the Glass Slipper 50
The Dancing Princesses 68
Little Red Riding-Hood 81
Jack and the Beanstalk 92
The Turnip 117
The Wolf and the Fox 129
The Three Sillies 136
Bluebeard 144
Snow-White 156
The Twelve Windows 170
Clever Grethel 182
Rumplestiltskin 188
The Sleeping Beauty 200
Molly Whuppie 214
Rapunzel 223

Praise for previous editions:

"Walter de la Mare has given the familiar old tales so much sparkle and humor and romance that they are like new stories."--Horn Book Magazine

"The 19 familiar and long loved tales . . . reach literary heights with masterly retelling."--Chicago Daily Tribune

"There is a wealth of precise and illuminating detail. . . . And there are individual touches that only a poet would think of."--New York Times

Praise for this edition:

"This superb edition of Told Again brings a neglected work to twenty-first-century readers and is a great addition to the Oddly Modern Fairy Tales series. As Pullman’s introduction shows, the collection sheds light on a poet’s view of the wonder tale and its near relatives."--Pauline Greenhill, University of Winnipeg

"This eclectic collection of nineteen folk and fairy tales is without a doubt historically significant, and de la Mare seasons these concise and briskly paced retellings with a subtle, poetic musicality."--Mick Gowar, Anglia Ruskin University

Event in Oxford on 11/27/14: Marina Warner--Voices in the Dark: Fairy tales in our time



The readership for SurLaLune is truly international--I don't know of a country that hasn't accessed the SurLaLune site according to the analytics. Next week on November 27th (Thanksgiving Day in the US), there is a special event with Marina Warner in Oxford that some readers here may be able to attend. So I am sharing. When I do share events like this, I always get thank yous for doing so from people who attend and wouldn't have without reading about it here, so here goes. The event, of course, will also help promote Warner's new book, Once Upon a Time: A Short History of Fairy Tale

Marina Warner--Voices in the Dark: Fairy tales in our time


About the event:

From beautiful princesses, giants, and goblins to, glass slippers, poisoned apples, and mirrors, the characters and images of fairy tales have bewitched readers and audiences, young and old, for centuries. Few forms of literature have greater power to enchant and inspire than a fairy tale.

But what is a fairy tale? Where do they come from and what do they mean? What do they tell us about morality, sexuality, and society? Fairy tales stretch across long distances and times; they mingle with folklore and myth, and have inspired ideas about nature and the supernatural, imagination and fantasy, psychoanalysis, and feminism.

Marina Warner explores fairy tales through the ages, and their appearance on page, stage and screen. From the Grimm’s Cinderella to modern films such as Pan’s Labyrinth, Warner investigates the best of the genre, and demonstrates how fairy tales affect human understanding and culture.

About Marina Warner

Marina Warner’s award-winning studies of mythology and fairy tales include Alone of All Her Sex: The Myth and the Cult of the Virgin Mary (1976; re-issued 2013), Stranger Magic: Charmed States & the Arabian Nights (2012), From the Beast to the Blonde – on Fairy Tales and their Tellers (1994), Monuments & Maidens: The Allegory of the Female Form (1985), and No Go the Bogeyman: Scaring, Lulling and Making Mock (1998). Her Clarendon Lectures Fantastic Metamorphoses; Other Worlds were published in 2001; her essays on literature and culture were collected in Signs & Wonders (2000), and Phantasmagoria, a study of spirits and technology, appeared in 2006. In 2013 she was awarded a Sheykh Zayed Prize and the Truman Capote Award. She was awarded a CBE for services to Literature in 2008. She is a Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford, an Honorary Fellow of Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and the British Academy.

Place:

The Story Museum
Rochester House
42 Pembroke Street
Oxford OX1 1BP
+44 (0)1865 790050

Time:
18.00

A 30-minute talk with 20-minute Q & A session.

Tickets:
£7.50 / £5

Booking:
Tickets can be booked at our Tickets Oxford page, or by phoning the ticket hotline at 01865 305305.

On the day of the event, tickets will only be available at The Story Museum. Our office number is 01865 790050 – but please be aware that the office is not regularly manned at weekends.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

New Book: Grimm Legacies: The Magic Spell of the Grimms' Folk and Fairy Tales by Jack Zipes



Grimm Legacies: The Magic Spell of the Grimms' Folk and Fairy Tales by Jack Zipes is officially released next week despite its 2015 copyright date and it is shipping now. A review copy arrived on my doorstep yesterday so I haven't had sufficient time to spend with it, but next week on the official release date, most of you readers in the U.S. are going to have Thanksgiving on the brain, not nonfiction folklore books. So I'm trying to post about the nonfiction titles this week and will focus on lighter-hearted stuff next week--toys and such.

You can read the introduction to the book on the Princeton University Press website at Introduction.

And, yes, this book can be considered a companion to The Original Folk and Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm: The Complete First Edition which is also currently the #1 Bestseller in Mythology & Folk Tales on Amazon. In that book, Zipes offers us the earliest published versions of the Grimms' tales. In this one, he discusses the history, impact--yes, the legacy--of these collected tales which is usually considered one of the bestselling books of all time. That last bit is not easily provable since there have been countless editions of the tales, too, but the Grimms easily surpass other bestsellers, even Harry Potter, in history. (For a discussion of bestselling book stats in all time--which leaves out the Grimms--see The 21 Best-selling Books of All Time.)


Book description:

In Grimm Legacies, esteemed literary scholar Jack Zipes explores the legacy of the Brothers Grimm in Europe and North America, from the nineteenth century to the present. Zipes reveals how the Grimms came to play a pivotal and unusual role in the evolution of Western folklore and in the history of the most significant cultural genre in the world—the fairy tale.

Folklorists Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm sought to discover and preserve a rich abundance of stories emanating from an oral tradition, and encouraged friends, colleagues, and strangers to gather and share these tales. As a result, hundreds of thousands of wonderful folk and fairy tales poured into books throughout Europe and have kept coming. Zipes looks at the transformation of the Grimms’ tales into children’s literature, the Americanization of the tales, the “Grimm” aspects of contemporary tales, and the tales’ utopian impulses. He shows that the Grimms were not the first scholars to turn their attention to folk tales, but were vital in expanding readership and setting the high standards for folk-tale collecting that continue through the current era. Zipes concludes with a look at contemporary adaptations of the tales and raises questions about authenticity, target audience, and consumerism.

With erudition and verve, Grimm Legacies examines the lasting universal influence of two brothers and their collected tales on today’s storytelling world.

Table of Contents:

List of Figures ix
Preface: Legacies and Cultural Heritage xi
Introduction The Vibrant Body of the Grimms' Folk and Fairy Tales, Which Do Not Belong to the
Grimms 1
Chapter One German Popular Stories as Revolutionary Book 33
Chapter Two Hyping the Grimms' Fairy Tales 58
Chapter Three Americanization of the Grimms' Folk and Fairy Tales: Twists and Turns of History 78
Chapter Four Two Hundred Years after Once Upon a Time: The Legacy of the Brothers Grimm and
Their Tales in Germany 109
Chapter Five How Superheroes Made Their Way into the World of Fairy Tales: The Appeal of Cooperation and Collective Action from the Greek Myths to the Grimms' Tales and Beyond 131
Chapter Six The Grimmness of Contemporary Fairy Tales: Exploring the Legacy of the Brothers Grimm in the Twenty-First Century 152
Epilogue A Curious Legacy: Ernst Bloch's Enlightened View of the Fairy Tale and Utopian Longing, or Why the Grimms' Tales Will Always Be Relevant 187
Appendix: "About Pincaruolo's Good Feat," by Giovanni Sercambi 197
Notes 205
Bibliography 219
Filmography 247
Index 255